Thursday, December 9, 2010

Six Random Words


For some holiday fun Michelle started the blog chain off with a creative writing assignment.

In 100 words or less, write a story using the words ride, post, soulless, local, dehydrator, girdle. Your story may take on any form you wish. The only two rules are 1. you can't simply list the 6 words; you must actually craft them into something creative, and 2. you must use ALL six of them.

Okay, I am going to admit right off that I could not stick to the 100 word limit. In fact, I went 88 words over. Whoops. So, here is my little story using all six words and 182 other ones as well.

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"Smart car," she harrumphed, all three of her chins wobbling. "I'm gonna need a girdle if you expect me to ride in that sorry excuse for a vehicle."

"Ma'am, this is a mail truck, not a smart car. And when I suggested you take your complaints to the local post office, I wasn't offering to give you a ride."

Only twenty-five more years until retirement, he reminded himself. Of course, between the old ladies and the dogs he'd be a soulless husk by then, but they said the pension was worth it.

She pushed her false teeth out with her tongue, then with a great slurping sound sucked them back into place. "Well, how 'bout you just take me down to the 7-11 for a Big Gulp? This house is nothing but a big ole dehydrator, and if I don't get myself some Dr. Pepper, I'll be turned into beef jerky. You want that on your conscience?"

In answer, he turned away, trudging towards the next house. The trio of nasty little ankle biters began yipping in anticipation.

Only twenty-five more years.

He'd never make it.


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Okay, now I challenge you to use these same words to do some creative writing! And also to keep following this chain. Check out the Daily Pie Shannon served up yesterday, and then head on over to Amanda's blog tomorrow to see what she posts!

11 comments:

  1. Great story! I love seeing all the different angles everyone is using to craft their short fiction piece.

    I barely kept within the word limit myself ;)

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  2. So he has a mail truck, but he walks from house to house? It's been a long time since I've seen a mail carrier do that. In our subdivision, they never get out of the mail van.

    Great job with characterization here! I can get a good sense of what the old lady and the mail carrier must be like.

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  3. Cheater-pants! Kidding. Funny story!

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  4. LOL, I suppose since it's such a good entry we can allow you to cheat ;)

    Seriously, this is a good one. I don't know how I'll live up to all the great writing the rest of you are doing.

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  5. lol awesome story! :D It's funny how many people used something involving the post office, but all the stories have come out so different - just awesome, I'm loving this chain! :D

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  6. OMG. I love this. I always get such a kick out of your voice.

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  7. Hahahaha!! slurping her false teeth back in-ewww!!!!!

    This was FANTASTIC! :D

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  8. Wow, great job! I love the beginning the best.

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